The results of the 2018 midterm elections have been pouring in.
The Democratic Party won a House majority for the first time in eight years, while the Republicans held a Senate majority.
Follow our full coverage of the 2018 midterm elections here.
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1:20 p.m. ET: Democratic Senator Jon Tester wins reelection.
Democratic Senator Jon Tester of Montanta won reelection in the 2018 midterms, defeating his Republican challenger Matt Rosendale.
12:00 p.m. ET: In his first press conference since the midterms, Trump compares the midterm results to those under previous administrations, and says the GOP fared well. According to the data, he has a point.
He also claims that were it not for his involvement in the campaign, “there could have been a blue wave.”
11:15 a.m. ET — Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, tells reporters it was a “good morning” for Republicans and that “it’s going to be fun” to watch Democrats compete for the presidential elections.
“The president was very helpful to us,” McConnell also said on Wednesday morning.
Source: The Associated Press
10:51 a.m. ET: Obama congratulated Democrats for flipping the House and voters for their record turnout, adding in a statement: “The change we need won’t come from one election alone — but it is a start.”
The former president added: “Even the young candidates across the country who fell short have infused new energy and new blood into our democratic process, and America will be better off for it for a long time to come.”
10:30 a.m. ET: Trump will give a news conference in one hour, where he “will be discussing our success in the Midterms!”
10:03 a.m. ET: Now that the House has been won, insider accounts of Trump’s midterm campaign are beginning to leak out.
A story from Politico claims that Trump struggled to conceive that the GOP would lose the House, and instead entertained a narrative of “Republican invincibility.”
The article says aides had to shake him out of complacency, prompting him to mobilize the Republican base by making the vote about him.
The Associated Press also reports that House speaker Paul Ryan repeatedly warned Trump against proposed policies such as sending troops to the US-Mexico border and ending birthright citizenship.
“At first, the struggle was to get Trump to pay attention to the election. Then it became an effort to curb his excesses when he finally did,” the Associated Press reported.
8:31 a.m.: Trump tweets that Nancy Pelosi “deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House,” and suggests that “maybe we will add some Republican votes” to put her in that position.
He said: “In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats.
“If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honour!”
Trump warns that Senate Republicans could investigate Democrats “for all the leaks of Classified Information, and much else” if House Democrats decide to probe the Trump administration’s most tightly-held secrets.
If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
Now that the Democrats have gained a House majority, they can gain control over House committees and subpoena people and businesses for documents or testimonies on things like Trump’s tax returns, the Russia investigation, and Trump’s ties to Saudi Arabia.
Nancy Pelosi, who is set to become the Democratic Speaker of the House, foreshadowed in her victory speech that Democrats could now target the Trump administration.
It’s not clear what “leaks” Trump referred to on Twitter.
7:07 a.m. ET: Trump claims that candidates “that worked with me … did very well,” while “those that did not, say goodbye!”
Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye! Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
6:57 a.m. ET: First-time Democratic candidate Elissa Slotkin wins Michigan’s 8th congressional district, The New York Times and CNN project. She would unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Bishop.
Bishop called her to concede defeat shortly before 1 a.m.
Slotkin previously worked for the CIA, and for the Defence Department under the Obama administration.
6:47 a.m. ET: Dan Crenshaw, the Republican former Navy SEAL who was mocked on “Saturday Night Live,” wins Texas’ 2nd congressional district in the House and calls for more veterans in Congress. He beat Democratic opponent Todd Litton.
SNL castmember Pete Davidson was heavily criticised over the weekend for saying Crenshaw looked like “a hit man in a porno movie.”
When the joke didn’t land, he laughed it off, saying “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”
Crenshaw told Fox News on Wednesday morning: “What I would not be is a victim about it, I would not be offended about it.”
6:21 a.m. ET: Trump lauds a “Big Victory” on election night, adding that foreign nations had been “waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals.”
Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals. Now we can all get back to work and get things done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
5:20 a.m. ET: No sign of a result in the Arizona senate race, which is still too close to call.
According to the Associated Press at 5.20 a.m. Eastern Time, Republican Martha McSally had 49.3% of the vote, against 48.5% for Kyrsten Sinema, with 98% of votes counted.
Whoever wins will be Arizona’s first-ever female senator.
4:03 a.m. ET: Democrat Steve Sisolak wins Nevada’s gubernatorial race, according to the Associated Press’ projections. During his campaign he repeatedly pledged to stand up against Trump, and Obama campaigned for him.
His Republican opponent, Adam Laxalt, conceded defeat around 3:15 a.m.
4 a.m. ET: Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott wins the state’s Senate election, according to Fox News’ projections. He unseats his longtime Democratic opponent Bill Nelson.
3:11 a.m. ET: Nevada Democrat Jacky Rosen beats Republican opponent Dean Heller in the Senate race. Nevada is a swing state with a history of electing moderates to Congress.
Democrats have taken the House.
The Democratic Party has won 218 seats in the House, hitting the number required for a majority in the chamber.
The Republican Party has the 51 seats required for a Senate majority.
2:25 a.m. ET: A major upset in Wisconsin — Republican big-hitter and former presidential candidate Scott Walker loses his position as governor of Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press. He was beaten by Democratic rival Tony Evers.
11:50 p.m. ET: Trump calls Pelosi to congratulate her.
Trump on Wednesday night called Pelosi to offer congratulations.
The president called to “extend his congratulations on winning a Democratic House Majority. He acknowledged the Leader’s call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks,” Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff said in a tweet.
The White House earlier said Trump would not call Pelosi if Democrats took the House.
11:40 p.m. ET: Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who’s likely to be the next House Speaker, celebrates her party’s victory.
Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to be the next House Speaker, on Tuesday night celebrated her party’s big victory in a speech.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 7, 2018
“Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans. It’s about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said Democrats will work for “solutions that bring us together because we have all had enough of division.”
The Democratic congresswoman also touted her party’s position on healthcare, making an awkward remark about “pre-existing medical conditions.”
11:21 p.m. ET: Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein wins reelection.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the most recognisable Democrats in the country, won reelection on Tuesday night.
11:15 p.m. ET: After remaining quiet throughout election night, Trump celebrated Republican victories in a tweet.
Trump was uncharacteristically quiet throughout election night, but tweeted shortly after 11 p.m. ET.
The president said, “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!”
Trump did not mention the fact Republicans were poised to lose the House.
10:58 pm. ET: Republican Ron DeSantis defeats Democrat Andrew Gillum in Florida’s gubernatorial race.
Republican Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum in one of the most closely watched gubernatorial races in the country.
DeSantis’ victory is a win for Trumpism in Florida.
10:45 p.m. ET: Republicans expected to easily hold onto their majority in the US Senate.
10:35 p.m. ET: Democrats are expected to take the House.
By roughly 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, Democrats had picked up enough House seats it was predicted they would regain a majority.
Democrats have so far picked up 19 seats and need four more to officially gain a majority in the House.
10:29 p.m. ET: Sen. Ted Cruz defeats Rep. Beto O’Rourke in one of the most closely watched Senate races.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the US Senate election in Texas.
This is a major disappointment for Democrats after O’Rourke rose to national prominence as a charismatic progressive voice throughout his campaign.
10:17 p.m. ET: Democrats gain another House seat with Susan Wild’s victory.
Democrat Susan Wild on Tuesday defeated Republican Marty Nothstein in Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district, gaining another seat for Democrats.
10:10 p.m. ET: Democrats pick up another House seat in New York.
Democratic candidate Max Rose defeated incumbent Republican incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan in New York’s 11th congressional district.
10:08 pm. ET: Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp defeated in North Dakota.
Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on Tuesday night lost her re-election bid to current GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, marking a major gain for Republicans in the Senate.
10:05 p.m. ET: Democrat Laura Kelly wins gubernatorial election in Kansas.
Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Republican candidate Kris Kobach on Tuesday night to become the next governor of Kansas.
10:03 p.m. ET: Mitt Romney wins US Senate election in Utah.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the US Senate election in Utah on Tuesday night.
10:00 pm. ET: Democrats pick up two more seats in the House.
Democratic Debbie Mucarsel-Powell defeated incumbent Republican Carlos Curbelo on Tuesday night in Florida’s 26th congressional district.
Mikie Sherill also picked up a seat for Democrats, defeating incumbent Republican Jay Weber.
9:40 p.m. ET: Democrats pick up multiple seats in the House.
Democratic candidate Jason Crow defeated incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th congressional district on Tuesday night.
Democrats also picked up two more seats with Conor Lamb’s victory in Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district and Mary Gay Scanlon’s victory in Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district.
9:24 p.m. ET: Texas Governor Greg Abbott wins reelection in Texas.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott won reelection in Texas on Tuesday night.
9:05 p.m. ET: Florida voters pass Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to the state’s 1.5 million citizens with felony convictions.
Florida voters passed Amendment 4, giving 1.5 million citizens with felony convictions in the state the right to vote.
Click here for more information on the amendment.
9:04 p.m. ET: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history.
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won a shocking victory over longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic congressional primary earlier this year, officially became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress on Tuesday night.
The self-declared Democratic socialist will represent New York’s 14th congressional district.
9:00 p.m. ET: Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Governor Andrew Cuomo win reelection.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of the most prominent members of her party, won reelection in New York on Tuesday night.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s somewhat of a divisive figure in New York, also won reelection.
8:57 p.m. ET: Democrats suffer a major defeat in Indiana.
Republican Mike Braun on Tuesday defeated incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly in the US Senate race in Indiana, dealing a major blow to Democrats.
Braun’s victory makes it highly unlikely Democrats will upend the GOP’s majority in the Senate.
8:53 p.m. ET: Republican Andy Barr wins Kentucky’s 6th congressional district over Democrat Amy McGrath.
Republican Andy Barr on Tuesday night won reelection in Kentucky’s 6th congressional district over Democrat Amy McGrath, an ex-fighter pilot.
8:32 p.m. ET: Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez wins reelection.
Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez won reelection in New Jersey on Tuesday night, defeating Republican Bob Hugin.
President Donald Trump offered a last-minute endorsement to Hugin earlier in the day.
8:24 p.m. ET: The first Muslim woman in US history elected to Congress.
Democrat Rashida Tlaib won the election in Michigan’s 13th congressional district, and will be the first Muslim woman in US history to serve in Congress.
She ran unopposed by a Republican.
8:08 p.m. ET: Donna Shalala flips another House seat for Democrats in Florida.
Democrat Donna Shalala won in Florida’s 27th congressional district to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.
8:00 p.m. ET: Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Chris Murphy, Ben Cardin, Bob Casey, Tom Carper, and Sheldon Whitehouse win reelection.
Polls in multiple states close at 8 p.m. as it’s announced a number of Democratic senators have won reelection, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Tom Carper of Delaware, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.
7:54 p.m. ET: Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown wins reelection in Ohio.
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown won reelection in Ohio on Tuesday night.
Democrats can’t afford to lose a single seat in the Senate if they have any hope of winning a majority. They need a net gain of at least two seats, but pollsters have widely predicted Republicans will maintain control of the Senate.
7:45 p.m. ET: Mike Pence’s brother wins his former congressional seat.
Greg Pence, the brother of Vice President Mike Pence, won as the Republican candidate in Indiana’s 6th congressional district.
The vice president previously held this seat for over a decade.
7:42 p.m. ET: Democrats flip important House seat in a competitive Virginia race.
Democratic House candidate Jennifer T. Wexton defeated Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock on Tuesday.
Democrats need to flip 23 seats in total to upend the GOP’s majority in the House, and Wexton’s victory brings them one step closer.
7:00 p.m. ET: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia win reelection.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, won reelection on Tuesday. Sanders is among the most prominent figures in the Senate after running for president in 2016.
Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, a former Democratic nominee for vice president, won reelection in Virginia.
6:33 p.m. ET: Republican Rep. Hal Rogers is the first winner in 2018 congressional midterms.
Republican Rep. Hal Rogers won reelection in Kentucky’s 5th congressional district, The Associated Press reports.
For live updates of the House and Senate results as they come in click here.
6:00 p.m. ET: Polls begin to close in some Eastern states.
5:45 p.m. ET: Health care is the top issue for US voters.
According to a national exit poll, 41% of US voters identified healthcare as the most important issue the country is facing, while 23% said immigration, 21% said the economy, and 11% said gun policy.
A separate national exit poll also identified health care as the top issue for voters, but by a smaller percentage (26%). A smaller share of voters said immigration (23%) was the most important issue, while others pointed the economy (19%), gun policy (8%), and the environment (7%).
5:37 p.m. ET: More than half of US voters say the country is on the wrong track, according to early exit polls, and many voted in protest of Trump.
A majority of US voters (56%) said the US is not on the right track, according to a national exit poll.
About two-thirds of voters (65%) said their vote in the 2018 midterms was about Trump, and nearly four-in-ten voters (39%) said they showed up to the polls in protest of Trump.
A separate national exit poll found 64% of voters said Trump was a reason for their vote.
5:22 p.m. ET: Preliminary exit poll results indicate voters would much rather see Democrats in control of the House than Republicans.
Voters on Tuesday said they’d rather see Democrats than Republicans in control of the House of Representatives by 53% to 43%, according to preliminary national exit poll results.
5:11 p.m. ET: Early exit poll shows strong disapproval of Trump among US voters.
A national exit poll showed nearly half of US voters (47%) participating in the 2018 midterm elections strongly disapprove of the president.
Meanwhile, the poll found 44% of US voters approve of Trump. This is roughly in line with recent national polls.
4:49 p.m. ET: New York City officials blame wet weather for delays at polling stations as voters face issues across the US.
The New York City board of elections on Tuesday pointed to wet weather as the culprit in delays at polling places across the city.
Officials claimed wet hands and clothing left ballots damp, which led them to become jammed in voting machines, ABC News reports.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Tuesday afternoon reportedly called for the director of the city’s board of elections to resign after all of the issues on Election Day.
There were reports of major delays and technological errors at polling places across the US on Tuesday, including in Georgia, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
The voting issues in Georgia, the location of a hotly contested gubernatorial race, have gained a particular amount of attention. The Republican candidate for governor in the state, Brian Kemp, has faced accusations of voter suppression in recent weeks due to actions he’s taken as Georgia’s secretary of state.
4:31 p.m. ET: Woman who was alive before women’s suffrage votes in Washington, DC.
Margaret Norwood, who is 104-years-old, voted in DC’s mayoral election on Tuesday.
Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is running for reelection, applauded Norwood in a tweet.
“Ms. Norwood was alive at a time when women did not have the right to vote so please take the time to vote today!”
Margaret Norwood is 104 years young, & she just cast her vote at UDC Bertie Backus.
Ms Norwood was alive at a time when women did not have the right to vote so please take the time to vote today!
— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) November 6, 2018
Women in the US officially gained the right to vote in 1920. Based on her age, Norwood was born roughly six years before that.
4:30 p.m. ET: Democrat Lou Leon Guerrero elected as next governor of Guam.
Lou Leon Guerrero will be the first female governor of the US territory of Guam after winning on Tuesday.
4:10 p.m. ET: Voters in some states reportedly receive suspicious text messages directing them to the wrong polling place.
Voters in several states received suspicious text messages from people claiming to be affiliated with local political groups directing them to incorrect polling places, The New York Times reports.
If you need help finding your polling place click here for more information.
2:55 p.m. ET: “Dónde votar” is the top trending Google search in the US.
“Dónde votar,” which means “where to vote” in Spanish, was the top trending Google search in the US on Election Day.
Priorities USA, a Democratic-aligned super PAC, responded by translating its voter mobilization ads to Spanish in Arizona and Florida. Both states have large Latino populations.
2:30 p.m. ET: President Donald Trump continues to offer to support to Republican candidates via Twitter as voters head to the polls.
Trump on Tuesday took to Twitter and continued to offer support to Republican candidates as voters headed to the polls.
At around 1 p.m. ET, Trump urged voters to support Republican Bob Hugin in the US Senate election in New Jersey, describing him as someone who has been “successful all of his life.”
In a separate tweet less than an hour later, Trump called on voters to support Republican Lena Epstein, who’s running in Michigan’s 11th congressional district. Trump said Epstein is a “strong fighter” and has his “Strong Endorsement!”
Earlier in the day, Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi said she’s 100 per cent confident her party will take the House. If Democrats are successful in this regard, Pelosi is likely to be the next House Speaker.
1:41 p.m. ET: Voters in multiple states face problems with malfunctioning machines and long lines.
Since polls opened on Tuesday morning, a number of reports surfaced of voters facing long lines and malfunctioning voting machines in multiple US states.
In certain parts of Georgia, a state with one of the most closely watched gubernatorial races, some people reportedly had to wait to vote for several hours. This comes after weeks of widespread complaints of voter suppression in the Southern state.
I’m at Annistown Elementary School in Snellville, GA, where hundreds of voters have waited 4.5 hours to vote today because electronic voting machines weren’t working pic.twitter.com/4BJLYVtiEL
— Kira Lerner (@kira_lerner) November 6, 2018
There were also long lines and issues with voting machines at polling places in New York City, according to multiple reports.
Election officials in North Carolina reportedly claimed humidity was causing technical difficulties for voters in some precincts.
There was also a lockdown at a Florida polling place for roughly 40 minutes over a gun scare, but the incident was resolved quickly, The Associated Press reports.
If you’re having issues with voting at your polling place, click here for more information on what to do.
12:00 p.m. ET: Polls open in all 50 states.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. local time in Hawaii, marking the last state where US voters headed off to cast their ballots.
The only states where voters do not physically head to the polls are Oregon and Washington, where all ballots are sent in by mail.
5:00 a.m. ET: First polls open in Vermont.
The first polls opened at 5 a.m. local time in Vermont, and were followed an hour later in parts of Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and Virginia.
Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. local time in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Despite rough weather in many states, voters still lined up for the polls to do their civic duty.
Band of rain moving across the East Coast as voters head to the polls. pic.twitter.com/LbZnDExsv8
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) November 6, 2018
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